Kristen Anderson | Webster University

Kristen Anderson, PhD



Interim Chair, Associate Professor of History, Politics, & International Relations 
204 H. Sam Priest Center  
(314) 246-7065




PhD, University of Iowa, 2009
MA, University of Iowa, 2003
BA, South Dakota State University, 2002

Areas of Interest

19th Century U.S. History
Civil War History
Immigration History
History of Racial and Ethnic Identity
Women and Gender History
St. Louis History


Kristen Anderson, PhD, is an assistant professor of history. She specializes in 19th century U.S. social history, in particular the participation of immigrants in the Civil War and debates over slavery. She is currently working on revising a book manuscript for publication, tentatively titled Abolitionizing Missouri: German Immigrants and Racial Ideology in 19th Century America. She has also published essays on the subject of German immigrants and their relationships with African Americans in the post-Civil War period, including “German Americans, African Americans, and the Republican Party in St. Louis, 1865-1872” in the Journal of American Ethnic History (vol. 28, no. 1). She is also working on a new project that examines how immigrants remembered and commemorated the Civil War and emancipation. Dr. Anderson teaches a wide variety of classes on the 19th century United States, including courses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. women’s history, St. Louis history, the history of the American West, the history of U.S. Slavery, and the history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.